Theatre Royal Stratford East
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Posted: Wed Jun 20 2012
A community theatre with many shows written, directed and performed by black or Asian artists, Theatre Royal is a great cultural hit in ethnically diverse Stratford. Musicals are big here – whether about hip hop or the Windrush generation. Kinks frontman Ray Davies penned the hit ‘Come Dancing’ for Theatre Royal Stratford East, while homegrown success ‘The Harder They Come’ made a West End transfer. New playwrights who fit the Theatre Royal bill are encouraged through various workshops: Voices in Exile supports writers from refugee backgrounds while Young Voices develops the work of 16- to 24-year-olds. There’s a gem of a comedy night on Mondays too. The gig, which takes place in the long bar upstairs, has great line-ups considering you’re not paying a penny. There’s a regular poetry night on Sundays and live music every evening from 6pm.
Theatre Royal Stratford East Gerry Raffles Square
What's on at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Off-West End, Drama
'Sucker Punch' playwright Roy Williams adapts Sophocles' play 'Antigone' about the woman who defies a king in order to bury her brother's body. Williams transposes the ancient Greek setting to the 21st century (although we're not sure exactly how the...
Kids' theatre, Drama, Kids' theatre, Off-West End
The Christmas show at Theatre Royal Stratford East is usually a firm part of London's panto royalty. Their excellent team, directed by Dawn Reid, usually manage to come up with a glorious, anarchic and unique family offering. This year's 'Beauty and the...
Entry to this weekly club is completely free, and the show features a mix of new acts and established comics trying new material. Full line-ups below.
Off-West End, Drama
Theatre Royal Stratford East up sticks to neighbouring theatre Stratford Circus for this play about Thabo Mbeki, the second post-apartheid president of South Africa. Writer Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom returns to the theatre as part of the biennial AfroVibes...
Off-West End, Musicals
Comic and writer David Baddiel adapts his madcap comedy film 'The Infidel' - which focused in on Omid Djalili as a British Muslim who discovers he was born to a Jewish family and adopted - is, get this, being made into a musical. It's certainly an interesting...